[Ohio] State Board of Education President Debe Terhar said she was not comparing President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler when she posted a photograph of the Nazi leader on her Facebook page with a message critical of the administration’s new gun-control efforts. […]Fear not, though, because Terhar says she didn't mean it like that:
Terhar, a Cincinnati Republican elected last week by the 19-member school board to a second term as its president, recently posted the picture with this commentary: “Never forget what this tyrant said: ‘To conquer a nation, first disarm its citizens.’ — Adolf Hitler.”
“I’m not comparing the president to Adolf Hitler,” she said. “It’s the thought of disarming citizens, and this has happened throughout history. What’s the true intention of the Second Amendment? It was to protect us from a tyrannical government, God forbid.”See there? It's not that Obama is like Hitler for not wanting more guns in schools, it's just that that's like something a tyrannical dictator would do, right before gassing people or right after invading Poland. (Hitler was also against drinking lead paint straight from the can, which is why all true patriot meetups start with chugging a glass of whatever-someone-found-in-their-garage-that-week.)
The Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings have left the gun fetishist crowd absolutely befuddled. Their identity revolves around protecting themselves from imaginary future tyranny; the best argument they can muster as to why your kids and mine have to be continually exposed to batshit crazy people with personal arsenals is that we need those batshit crazy people with arsenals around, because non-batshit crazy people just aren't attuned enough to all the damn tyranny that's coming out of the woodwork, and haven't probably honed themselves as anti-tyranny killing machines.
Have you noticed? Almost every one of the most avid gun fetishists out there, the people appearing on teevee to yell at the hosts about freedom and the like, all argue that they need absolutely unfettered gun freedom because they may at some point need to start shooting at our government. All our efforts at basic public safety are running afoul of a very small, obsessively paranoid crowd whose rationale is that we need to enable widespread mass murder, just in case it comes in handy someday. You know … if they ever feel like it.
These are the people who really need their guns taken away. Not even a close question.